It’s Official! Elizabeth Banks Joins Cast of ‘Hunger Games’

By: / April 28, 2011

Add 30 Rock star Elizabeth Banks to the long list of actors cast for Hunger Games.

Though it was rumored a few weeks ago, Banks is now officially playing the role of Effie Trinket in the book-turned-movie, ET Canada confirmed. But she’s not the only familiar face joining the cast the film franchise that is predicted to be as big as Twilight.

 Funny man John C. Reilly is the odds-on favorite to land the role of Haymitch Abernathy, the drunken Hunger Gameswinner, according to Vulture. In the books, Abernathy is a major celebrity thanks to his past Games glory, but his guilt of having to send children to their death has turned him into an alcoholic. It’s not until he meets Katniss (who will be played by Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (a role Josh Hutcherson was cast as) that he finds a reason to turn his life around.

Also set to star alongside Banks is Liam Hemsworth. Perhaps best known as the on-again, off-again boyfriend to Miley Cyrus, Liam will play the role of Gale Hawthorne.